Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio that the best approach to achieve a rapid mass inoculation was to authorize the use of several vaccines since competition would force manufacturers to speed up shipments.
Orban said Hungary wouldn’t be able to lift coronavirus restrictions until a mass inoculation of the population was under way.
“We don’t need explanations, we need vaccines,” Orban said.
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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on January 22 that a “large quantity” of the vaccines would arrive in three shipments.
Hungary’s medical authorities have given initial approval for the use of two vaccines, Britain’s AstraZeneca and Russia’s Sputnik-V against coronavirus.
EMA has also not approved the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in Britain, but a decision on that is expected on January 29.
The only two vaccines approved by the EMA so far for use in the 27-member bloc are those made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Budapest is also in negotiations with China to buy its Sinopharm vaccine.
As of January 21, Hungary — with a population of just under 10 million — says that it had administered more than 138,000 vaccines. From the start of the pandemic, Hungary has reported more than 354,000 infections and 11,713 deaths